Who cares if most European leagues are still weeks away from kicking off the 2016-17 campaign? With World Cup qualifying set to resume in September and a gaggle of youngsters hoping to break into Jurgen Klinsmann's squad between now and Russia 2018, there's plenty to talk about already. Here are nine players who are trending up or down during the dog days...
Fans of the United States men's national team spend a lot of time waiting for talent to arrive. There's a sense that the American program should be better, that the skill level should improve over time -- and it has. The first 35 athletes in the player pool are better overall than they were 20 years ago.
While there are multiple, overlapping reasons for this improvement -- including a focus on youth development, the growth of Major League Soccer, recruitment of dual nationals, and more money...
Youth development has been a popular topic of discussion across American soccer since the beginning of time but the volume of conversation increased considerably when the U.S. U23 team failed in March to qualify for the Olympics for the second consecutive cycle. It grew louder still as the national team finished fourth at last month's Copa America Centenario.
Everybody seems to have an opinion.
In April, MLS commissioner Don Garber told The Associated Press' sports editors that "at the youth...
Despite the fact that many United States-born Mexican nationals will now be seen as "foreigners" in the eyes of the new Liga MX 10/8 rule, numerous players in that category from north of the border will still be plying their trade during the 2016 Apertura.
Looking ahead to the upcoming season, let's check out some of the more noteworthy American names who could be making an impact in the league during the next several months.
In Tijuana, 21-year-old Paul Arriola is set to once again become...
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Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal beat France 1-0 in the Euro 2016 final to earn the country's first major tournament title. The Portuguese won only three of their seven matches in the competition and finished third in Group F, leading some to question whether they were worthy winners.
Were Portugal worthy winners at Euro 2016?
Ronaldo came off injured...
The English national team, last seen having its Euro 2016 fire extinguished by unrelenting Iceland, needs a new manager following Roy Hodgson's rapid resignation. Pundits, including The Independent's Mark Ogden and former Three Lions and Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher are publicly advocating for current United States boss Jurgen Klinsmann to get the job.
They shouldn't be.
Klinsmann, who became a legend for his goal scoring and work ethic while at Tottenham, is not without his positive qualities...